SVC Student Ashley Tatro Receives National Newman Civic Fellow Award

April 8, 2013

Southern Vermont College (SVC) student Ashley Tatro of Bristol, Vt., has been named a Newman Civic Fellow this year by Campus Compact, the national coalition of college and university presidents. She is one of only 181 students from across the country to receive this recognition.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

“Tatro leads by example by doing the right thing and intuitively knowing how to provide for others,” said SVC President Karen Gross. “She is encouraging and is willing to build on others’ ideas and is sincerely delighted when the team comes together to accomplish goals.”

A junior at SVC, Tatro demonstrates the type of civic engagement which sets an example for others. A Healthcare Management and Advocacy major, Tatro has been active in several organizations and thoughtful about each one. Tatro’s leadership has been invaluable with Alternative Spring Break, including fundraising for the trip. She has been committed to learn more about the community served and in many ways bringing what was learned back to Bennington, Vt.

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Tatro will join a network of Fellows around the country and share ideas and tools through online networking to leverage greater capacity for service and change.

“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building stronger communities,” states Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.

College and university presidents from 36 states nominated their most promising student leaders in honor of the award named for Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.

Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.